We live in the Inland Northwest growing a large majority of our food in a garden “made-from-scratch”. Literally, clearing land and preparing soil then starting plants from heirloom seed or starts supplied by family and friends. This method takes more time to get to the harvesting and canning, but, is much more economical. Anyhow, patience is a trait needed by gardeners and we are growing that too in the process.
I encountered problems because I did not grow up here growing these plants. I do not always know what a baby or is going to look like when it pops up out of the ground, which means, I sometimes pull the plant instead of the weed. Darn. We hope this blog can provide assistance to amateur gardeners learning how to become self-sufficient.
The harvest doesn’t look real impressive sitting here on the kitchen countertop till you see the sizes of them compared to the size of my hand. These are oversized baking pans, so they look kind of normal but take a look at the third picture! Just slight large aren’t they?
Zucchinni, Yellow Crookneck Squash
Okay the zuchinni are the same way in deceit. They look small stacked there but average 3-5 lbs each. This is just 2 days from the last picking of both kinds. We are not planting this many squash ever again.
We love the sweetness of our own tomatoes. Sometimes I think there must be some sugar sprinkled on them but nope. We have a variety this year including, Early Girls, Glaciers, Beefsteak, and Large Cherry Tomatoes
Set to dry for next year-green beans, lettuce, spinach, peaches, zucchini. We got ourselves a book about how to dry your own seeds. It has saved us a lot of money and now that we have done it a couple of years, it has become real easy. Definitely something worth looking into if you enjoy growing your own food.
12 durable, beautiful custom metal garden markers for his wife’s roses and garden that show what is growing visually. They are ready to ship UPS this morning! Finished for a wonderful client in the northeast USA, “Happy birthday to his wife on Sunday!” What a great idea on how to mark what you have planted in the garden
These were tricky to paint because they are tiny 3″ wide by 2″ high. Being used to painting in a much larger size made me have to use teeny tiny, detail brushes to do the entire image. It is always good to broaden our skills with all our painting tools though.
These are great little metal garden markers made of stainless steel, they are kind of slick on their surfaces so, I had to roughen the surface of the metal with a green scrubber pad before I painted. I wanted to make sure the paint would adhere. After finding reference pictures to work from I painted each one with acrylic paints for each of the twelve different rose and flower species. Then it was the lettering of the names on the front and back of each marker. Last step was a sealer over the entire surface. Dry, pack and ship.
The flower Varieties
Abraham Darby-English Rose
Granada Rose – Hybrid Tea
Henry Kelsey-Climbing Rose
Lavender Mist Meadow Rue
Noble Anthony-English Rose
Rosa Mundi-Rosa Gallica
Zephirine Droughin-Climbing Rose
I painted the names on the back surface of the metal garden markers.
This couple must have a fantastic garden, with all of these gorgeous kinds of roses and climbing flowers.